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Engineering Technical Baccalaureate at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Engineers are fascinated by questions of how and why things work.  They use their training in mathematics and science to understand the world around them and to design products and systems, solve problems and benefit society.  They will usually become involved in some aspects of testing, maintenance, design or manufacture.  They are self-motivated and resourceful, they learn to communicate effectively and work well as part of a team.  They have high levels of job satisfaction as well as good levels of pay.

This course will start to prepare you for the exciting and diverse world of engineering.  It will build on the mathematics and science you have already studied and develop new knowledge/skills in areas such as engineering materials, manufacturing, electronics, CAD, design and project management.

Course content

This course is a Technical Baccalaureate which means it also includes

  • extra Core Maths
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • 4 weeks of work experience across the 2 years

In the first year you will complete a 90-credit Diploma.

Provided all units are passed with a good attitude, attendance and punctuality, you will then progress to year 2 to complete the Extended Diploma and Technical Baccalaureate. Engineering

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course Description
Units include:

  • Mathematics
  • Business Systems
  • Engineering Design
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Mechanical Principles
  • Materials
  • Health and Safety and Risk Assessment
  • Electronic Principles
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
  • Secondary/Finishing Processes and Techniques
  • Vehicle Engine Principles.

There is an important personal project to be completed where you pursue a topic that particularly interests you.

Entry requirements

Students need to have passed 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics, English and Science.


There are no formal examinations on this programme but a major project will take place in the second year.

There are a lot of independent written assignments to be done and you will have to be prepared to make a regular commitment to writing up your work to a high standard.

Although there is a considerable amount of written coursework to be completed, practical work is a key part of the course.

Financial information

There will be a required contribution to materials costs (currently £40) and, if you wish to keep some of the things you make or take on more expensive tasks, there will be additional costs.

When trips are organised you will be asked to contribute to the cost of travel and any related fees that apply.

Future opportunities

As a general engineering course, the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering can lead into a wide range of engineering fields - including: Mechanical, Manufacturing, Electrical/Electronic, Civil, Marine, Environmental, Control, Automotive, Aerospace etc.

Completion of the course will enable you to progress into industry, as a technician on an advanced apprenticeship or lead to further study at university on a wide range of engineering degrees in your preferred field.

For those students considering a degree course, we advise students to consider taking an AS/A level in Maths / Uses of Maths alongside this course.  This will provide access to a greater range of degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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